To get an official Iyengar Yoga Teaching certificate requires great patience, years of practicing yoga, and passing a serious proficiency exam. To win a first-level Iyengar Yoga Teaching Certificate (Introductory I) one should first practice Iyengar Yoga for at least 3 years on his/her own and 3 years more under the guidance of a professional certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. After 6 years of intensive practice, a student is granted admission to the proficiency examination. But it is not easy at all to pass this exam! They are tested, among other things, for clarity and depth of instruction, which is imbibed in an almost guru-shishya fashion from Guruji’s time. And to get to the next level, an Iyengar Yoga teacher should continue his active practice and teaching for another 2 or 3 years.
Our studio’s teachers Pınar Kuşdemir and Natiya Nizamova-Yagli possess official Introductory II Level Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certificates and 10-year experience in practicing Iyengar Yoga. The certificates were issued by Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) at Pune, India, which is the cradle of Iyengar Yoga education. Every year our teachers develop themselves even further by attending workshops at RIMYI. As all certified Iyengar Yoga teachers, they have an extensive medical and anatomical knowledge, which allows the students at their classes to experience healing potential of Iyengar Yoga at the fullest scale. At the same time our teachers help their students to adopt the philosophy of Iyengar Yoga which in turn helps them to build a healthier and more spiritually fulfilling life style.
To be allowed to carry an official Iyengar banner our studio was thoroughly inspected by RIMYI – the necessary procedure which is applied to all Iyengar yoga centers across the world. The class-rooms of our studio are equipped with specially designed probs (auxiliary materials) that have important place at Iyengar Yoga practice. The use of probs (yoga belt, yoga block, wall ropes, yoga bench, chairs, etc.) will help you to align your body in space with more sensitivity and contribute to muscle development during the further stages of Iyengar Yoga practice and also will enable the people with various health issues (such as skeleton and muscle system problems, cardio-vascular and inner organs diseases, central nervous system dysfunctions) as well as pregnant or menstruating women and women who entered menopause to perform complex asanas.